Shorts 5 – Some kind of Animal Strange

The magical, the weird and the wonderful can sum up pretty much all animals, yet the correlation with human behaviours is reflected tenfold in this strange but familiar short film program. In a dream-like state, we imagine the peculiar and are able to transform a vivid reality into a horrific palette of colours and forms. A place with no escape, similar to a zoo where creatures are observed in their lockdown lives. Observations take on another meaning after 2020; mosquitoes and relationships are put to the test with epidemic undertones. The metamorphoses of a foley artist and animal greet us in an empty theatre, so let’s return to a reality where a man‘s body is inhabited by ants.

Length: 100 min

Plum Circus
sixpackfilm/ Katrina Daschner

Plum Circus

A circus and artistes of the sort one knows only from dreams: peculiar, eccentric, mysterious, but also brutal, bloody, and horny; that’s how the performances in Plum Circus by Katrina Daschner can be described.

by Katrina Daschner

Austria, 2019

No dialogue

12 min.

Performance, Experimental

Moviemento
13.08.2021 – 20:15

Moviemento
14.08.2021 – 11:15

A Mordida

A Mordida (The Bite)

Between a house in the Atlantic forest and a genetically-modified mosquito factory near São Paulo, a polyamorous, non-binary relationship struggles to survive an epidemic spreading across Brazil. While in the factory millions of mosquitos are born daily inside test tubes, the power dynamics between Helmut, Calixto, and Tao only intensifies. The Bite is a film found somewhere between horror, science fiction and a queer drama.

by Pedro Neves Marques

Portugal, Brazil, 2019

Portuguese
(English subtitles)

26 min.

Narrative

Moviemento
13.08.2021 – 20:15

Moviemento
14.08.2021 – 11:15

Panda Moonwalk
VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021

PANDA MOONWALK or WHY MENG MENG WALKS BACKWARDS

In Kerstin Honeit’s video work Panda Moonwalk or Why Meng Meng Walks Backwards, human and inhuman bodies actively and resistantly assert themselves in the context of social injustices.

Since 2017 the two Giant Panda Bears Meng Meng and Jiao Qing have been hired out by China to the Berlin Zoo for millions of Euros. Unfortunately for the Zoo this profit seeking attraction did not work out as planned – in fact it worked backwards. Meng Meng, the female Panda will only walk backwards – probably protesting against her imprisonment.

Surprisingly the international press takes a different, sexist route and suggests that Meng Meng’s behaviour relates to the fact that she has not yet bred and is seeking attention. Kerstin Honeit’s video aligns Meng Meng’s protest with other performances of protesting bodies using movement in public space to address grievances.

Kerstin Honeit will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

by Kerstin Honeit

Germany, 2018

German, English, Chinese
(English subtitles)

8 min.

Performance, Experimental

Moviemento
13.08.2021 – 20:15

Moviemento
14.08.2021 – 11:15

Steretypy
Inés Espinosa

Stereotypy

Animal captivity is a human decision.

An apparently invisible but in the eyes of anyone behavioral pattern, calls into question the deprivation of freedom through a paranoid choreography.

by Inés Espinosa

Spain, 2019

No dialogue

15 min.

Experimental, Documentary

Moviemento
13.08.2021 – 20:15

Moviemento
14.08.2021 – 11:15

Passage
Mimesis Films

Passage

A foley artist creates sounds for a film starring a dressage horse and dissolves into his own imitation.

As the character in the film, played by the gender fluid performer Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, seems to transform into a gender-defying centaur, the film reflects on the boundaries between the human and the animal as well as on fictional gender roles and their transcendence.

Shot on 16mm film, Passage alludes to Eadweard Muybridge’s pre-cinematic experiments with horses.

by Ann Oren

Germany, 2020

No dialogue

12 min.

Performance, Experimental

Moviemento
13.08.2021 – 20:15

Moviemento
14.08.2021 – 11:15

Ant-Man
Viet Vu

Ant-Man

The daily life of a homosexual man whose body is inhabited by ants.

by Viet Vu

Vietnam, 2018

Vietnamese
(English subtitles)

27 min.

Narrative

Moviemento
13.08.2021 – 20:15

Moviemento
14.08.2021 – 11:15

The First Death of Joana
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Queer Experimental Film
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